I rarely splurge when it comes to planners, journals, and notebooks because buying an expensive one always puts me under pressure to keep its contents nice and pretty. For some reason, I made an exception for the Hobonichi 2016 A5 Cousin Book (Spring Edition- April Start) which cost me around Php 2000++ through a trusted seller, Crafty Lane Ph. Original Hobonichi covers are expensive so I got my beautiful cover from Planners and Journals.
I love it! The Hobonichi planner uses Tomoe River paper. It’s so thin, almost like onion skin paper to the touch, and yet it’s strong enough to hold watercolour and most inks back to back.
That’s really awesome because I never write on the back pages of my journals to avoid bleed throughs and show throughs. I also love how the Hobonichi lays flat, making it easy to write or paint on. The graph lines help keep my handwriting straight and neat.
I purposely picked the A5 Hobonichi Cousin Book because of its size. It also comes in A6 size, in English or Japanese, if you want it smaller. I’ve been using my Hobonichi for making mini travel itineraries for places I want and hope to visit. Right now, I have done 6 doodled itineraries, can’t wait to make it to #365!!!
The ordering period for next year’s Hobonichi 2017 has already started this September. You can learn more about their 2017 lineup in here.
I had a really tough time deciding what planner size to get and for what purpose. In the end, I decided on an A5 Cousin which I will use for hand lettered quotes relevant to my creative life and a Japanese A6 for my journaling. What are your Hobonichi plans for next year?